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At the City Council workshop on April 2, 2021, the City Council discussed strategies to keep the downtown area active with events year-round rather than just a few times a year.  The Council gave consensus to move forward with an exciting new plan for the City’s downtown events and festivals.  The new approach gradually moves away from the large events and festivals that have previously taken place in the downtown area.  Instead, the City will use its existing budget to create more frequent, smaller and targeted activities in Murphy Park and the downtown area.  The City kicked off this plan with our inaugural LiVE! @ Murphy Park concert series in May. Plans are already underway for another LiVE! @Murphy Park series in October from 7-9 p.m. Thursday – Saturday each week. Also, the City will light up Murphy Park for the holidays this year from November 19, 2021, through January 9, 2022, similar to the way it was done in 2020.

Additional information about events in and around downtown will be posted here as it becomes available.

Downtown in December

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Downtown Glendale is the place where holiday fun lives with Downtown in December. Downtown’s beautiful Murphy Park is in the center of it all with Murphy Park LiGHTS! This year’s holiday light display includes a 20-foot walkthrough Snowman and a 30-foot tree with lights that dance to the music.Join us as the park comes alive with the magic of light at 6 p.m. on November 19. The lights will be on every night through January 9 from 5:30PM-12:00AM. It is the perfect kick-off to a holiday season filled with entertainment to bring family and friends together as they discover hyper-local shops, boutiques and award-winning restaurants in the heart of downtown Glendale.

The lights are just the beginning. Throughout the holidays, the park and downtown will be filled with music, song, dance and fun. Every Friday and Saturday in December community groups will take the stage at the Murphy Park Amphitheater with free holiday performances. For a lineup visit

LiVE! @ Murphy Park February & March 2022

That's a wrap on our fall series, LiVE! @ Murphy Park! If you missed out on the fun, don't worry. We will be back in February & March of 2022. Stay tuned for more information!

Movies by Moonlight - November 20


Join us in Murphy Park on November 20th to watch Elf and jump start your holiday spirit! Free pre-movie activities kick off @ 6:00pm and include face painting, a balloon twister and a raffle for an ELF themed gift basket! The movie will start @ 7:00PM! 

For a copy of our Fall Movies by Moonlight flyer, click


Jingle Bell Hike - December 11, 2021

It might just be the perfect gift this holiday season, fresh air and spectacular views. And, that is just what awaits visitors to Glendale’s Thunderbird Conservation Park for the Jingle Bell Hike.  Spread your holiday cheer with festive outfits and selfies from the summit. Remember to bring some good hiking shoes, water, holiday cheer and a smile. Don't forget to tag us #GlendaleAZ @GlendaleAZ

9:00am - 11:00am Check in will be from the 59th Ave Lot

For hiking guidelines and trails, click HERE

For a printable event flyer, click HERE

LiVE! @ Murphy Park - Spring 2022


Your new favorite series is coming back next Spring! Check back soon for our lineup and more details!

Folk & Heritage Festival - March 5-6, 2022

na Our 32nd annual Folk & Heritage Festival will continue the celebration of Folk music, it's history and culture at Historical Sahuaro Ranch Park. This FREE event features hundreds of performers from all over the country sharing their talents through music, poetry, art and workshops. Please continue to check back for updates!  

The Performer Application Deadline was December 1. 

LiVE! @ Murphy Park - October 2021

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Join us in Historic Downtown Glendale during the month of October with the excitement of LiVE! @ Murphy Park. These free performances will take place at Murphy Park’s Amphitheatre, Thursday – Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Plan a date night or meet your friends and experience the downtown businesses and local music scene under the stars. 


LiVE! @ Murphy Park - May 2021

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The series kicks off on Thursday, May 6, 2021! All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are free of charge.
There is also plenty of free parking.

For more details, click here.

Folk and Heritage Festival 2021

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We have musicians from all over the country that usually make the trip out to perform in this festival. This year we’ve asked them to safely participate by sending us videos, from wherever they are, of any new music, poetry and art they’ve created this past year. All of the original goodness they would usually share at the ranch. Please enjoy this collection of videos and be sure to go check out all of the other amazing work these artists create as well!

Check out our video gallery here!

Summer Band 2021

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Some of our top Glendale Summer Band performers came together virtually to create a couple musical collages!

Check out their videos  here!